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NFL playoff picture 2020 – Week 16 standings, bracket, scenarios and outlook for the postseason
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NFL playoff picture 2020 – Week 16 standings, bracket, scenarios and outlook for the postseason

The first year of the NFL's expanded playoffs has left us with seven postseason spots still in play as Week 17 approaches. That's more than in any year since at least 1990, the most recent time the field expanded, and sets up a wild final week of the regular season.Here is the full postseason outlook and clinching scenarios that lie ahead, along with analysis from ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI), after Sunday night's Packers victory.Note: X denotes a team that has clinched a playoff berth, Y shows a team that has clinched its division and Z indicates a team that has secured a first-round bye.Jump to: AFC | NFCAFCFPI chances to make playoffs: ClinchedFPI chances to win division: ClinchedMost likely seed, per FPI: No. 1, clinchedIt doesn't matter how it happens, as long as it does happe...
Ryan Garcia ‘looks good on video,’ but Luke Campbell confident in his ability, experience
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Ryan Garcia ‘looks good on video,’ but Luke Campbell confident in his ability, experience

8:45 AM ETNick ParkinsonClose•Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation's Boxing Matters showLuke Campbell has dismissed the training videos Ryan García posted on his popular social media channels as irrelevant. Campbell insists that his elite-level experience, not García's 7.8 million Instagram followers, will decide their fight on Saturday.The English lightweight believes the knowledge and lessons he has learned over a distinguished amateur and professional career will see him spoil García's perfect record, which has established García as one of boxing's most promising prospects.Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs), 33, won a gold medal in the bantamweight division at the 2012 Olympics. He's
Ron Rivera cements his power in Washington by releasing Dwayne Haskins Jr. – Washington Blog
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Ron Rivera cements his power in Washington by releasing Dwayne Haskins Jr. – Washington Blog

ASHBURN, Va. -- If there was any doubt about the power coach Ron Rivera has in Washington's organization, it was put to rest Monday. He asked team owner Daniel Snyder whether he could release quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., a player whom it was well known Snyder liked and had pushed to draft at No. 15 in 2019 (against the wishes of his football people).But for this franchise to take a step forward, Snyder has to listen to the same voice he did Monday morning. Not to mention the scouts who work all year assessing quarterback play, whether in college or the NFL.A major reason Washington hasn't been a consistent winner since the early 1990s remains the quarterback position. If Taylor Heinicke starts Sunday vs. the Philadelphia Eagles (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC), he would become the 31st quarterbac...
Sources — San Diego Padres set to acquire Yu Darvish from Chicago Cubs
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Sources — San Diego Padres set to acquire Yu Darvish from Chicago Cubs

9:44 PM ETJesse RogersCloseESPN Staff WriterJesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com.Jeff PassanCloseESPNESPN MLB insiderAuthor of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports"The San Diego Padres are on the verge of making their second trade for a star pitcher in as many days, with the team expected to acquire righty Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs, according to sources familiar with the deal.Darvish and catcher Victor Caratini, who has emerged as the right-hander's personal catcher in Chicago, will go to San Diego once the deal is completed, sources said.In return, the Cubs are poised to acquire right-hander Zach Davies and four young prospects: outfielders Owen Caissie (18) and Ismael Mena (18) and shortstops Reg...
Can Arsenal boss Arteta trust young stars to dig club out of Premier League relegation battle?
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Can Arsenal boss Arteta trust young stars to dig club out of Premier League relegation battle?

Mikel Arteta was entitled to breathe a sigh of relief after Arsenal's 3-1 victory against Chelsea on Saturday ended a seven-game winless streak in the Premier League and took the edge off what was beginning to look like a defining, and potentially decisive, week for the Gunners' manager.Just imagine how intense the pressure on the Spaniard would have become had Arsenal once again failed to pick up three points ahead of trips to relegation rivals Brighton & Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion over the next five days.- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)- ESPN+ viewer's guide: Bundesliga, Serie A, MLS, FA Cup and moreRelegation rivals? It seems an unusual description for any Arsenal opponent when you consider the club's status as one of the Premier League's "Big Six," but as th...
Not too early to start looking at Patriots’ QB options for 2021 NFL season – New England Patriots Blog
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Not too early to start looking at Patriots’ QB options for 2021 NFL season – New England Patriots Blog

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:1. What's next at QB? With the Patriots eliminated from the playoffs, it is time to look to 2021, and there is no more important question for coach Bill Belichick's team than this one: Who is the quarterback?Cam Newton said he wants to be part of the solution, but he's scheduled for free agency, and it's unclear whether Belichick will keep the door open for his return. Based on two of the criteria Belichick often discusses as critical for quarterbacks -- accuracy and decision-making -- it would seem like a longer-odds scenario. The alternative view: Even Belichick would be likely to acknowledge he didn't surround Newton with enough to give him the best chance to succeed in 2020.Through conversation...
NBA Power Rankings – Risers and fallers after a wild opening week
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NBA Power Rankings – Risers and fallers after a wild opening week

The LA Clippers, thanks to an impressive 2-0 start -- a season-opening win over the Los Angeles Lakers and a Christmas Day triumph against the Denver Nuggets -- might have had the inside track for No. 1 in our latest NBA Power Rankings.Then Sunday happened.In a matinee showdown, the Dallas Mavericks built a 50-point halftime lead on the Clippers en route to a 124-73 victory, representing the Clips' worst loss in team history.And they weren't alone during a wild Sunday slate that saw the Milwaukee Bucks lose to the New York Knicks by 20 and the Cleveland Cavaliers take down the Philadelphia 76ers by 24.So where does that leave us? Here's where all 30 teams stand one week into the 2020-21 campaign.Note: Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN's Tim Bontemps, Nick Friedell, Andrew L...
Music City Bowl canceled after Missouri Tigers pull out of game due to rise in coronavirus cases
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Music City Bowl canceled after Missouri Tigers pull out of game due to rise in coronavirus cases

The TransPerfect Music City Bowl has been canceled after the Missouri Tigers pulled out of the game due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in their program, it was announced Sunday.The Tigers were set to face Iowa on Wednesday in Nashville, but Missouri canceled practice Sunday after an increase in positive COVID-19 tests and paused all team activities until Jan. 2."Unfortunately, that has resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 game," bowl officials said in a statement.A source told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the new cases have been traced to Missouri's Dec. 19 game at Mississippi State."Since concluding our regular season and conducting four rounds of tests over the last eight days, we have seen a significant increase in positive COVID-19 tests among our student-athletes, coaches and ...
Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball pauses activities after coach Jay Wright tests positive for COVID-19
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Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball pauses activities after coach Jay Wright tests positive for COVID-19

Villanova coach Jay Wright has tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Sunday, and the No. 5 Wildcats are pausing all team activities.One other Villanova staff member also tested positive."Our players have been very diligent and disciplined with all of the COVID protocols," Wright said in a statement. "Unfortunately, we have had two staff members test positive. I am one of them. My symptoms are mild, and we remain connected as a team and staff by phone and Zoom."Villanova's game against Xavier, scheduled for Jan. 2, has been postponed, but the school said no determination has been made for games beyond this week. The Wildcats are scheduled to face DePaul on Jan. 5 and Marquette on Jan. 8.Earlier this month, Villanova postponed a game against St. John's scheduled for Dec. 30 s...
NFC, AFC wild-card spots, division titles on the line
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NFC, AFC wild-card spots, division titles on the line

9:08 PM ETESPN staffWeek 16 of the 2020 NFL season is almost over, and it has provided a lot of answers to our questions on which teams would make the playoffs, and what seeds they would occupy.But, much remains to be determined, as can be seen by reading our latest updates to the NFL playoff picture.In the AFC, the Chiefs are in (and have clinched the No. 1 seed), as are the division champion Bills and Steelers. With the Titans-Packers game underway, the AFC South title remains up for grabs, as do the wild cards, with four clubs looking land one of three.Over in the NFC, the Packers, Saints and Seahawks have all clinched their respective divisions, while the Buccaneers have secured a wild card. Three of four NFC East teams remain in play for the division title, with three others vying ...